• Access Health CT Announces April Health Care Special Enrollment

    Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman and Access Health CT CEO Jim Wadleigh have announced a special enrollment for residents who did not have health care coverage in 2014 and are subject to a tax penalty on their 2014 federal taxes. Special enrollment began April 1 and continues through midnight April 30.

  • Sandy Hook Counselor Receives National ACA Recognition Award

    Sandy Hook resident Bob Schmidt was recently honored with The Samuel T. Gladding Unsung Hero Award. He received the award on March 14, during the American Counseling Association World Conference in Orlando, Fla. The American Counseling Association is a 55,000 member organization with branches all over the world. Mr Schmidt is a licensed professional counselor with a practice in Sandy Hook.

  • Local Clinical Nutritionist Knows: You Are What You Eat

    Long-term health is a three-legged stool, said Dr Richard Frankonis, a clinical nutritionist and registered pharmacist with 45 years of experience. “Lifestyle, diet, and supplements,” he said, are the foundation for a long, healthy life. To achieve a good quality of health into old age, people need to realize that “What you do today, is what you are 15 years down the road,” Dr Frankonis said. Many diseases have an origin in nutritional deficiency, said the nutritional expert. The majority of Americans ingest way too much sugar — of all kinds, but particularly of refined sugars — eat too much processed food, and eat way too many grains. Sift through the fads and get down to the basics, Dr Frankonis said.

  • Local Relay Organizers Packing Twice The Fun Into Half The Fundraiser

    Newtown’s 2015 Relay For Life may be three months away, but a growing number of volunteers and organizers have been busy preparing for the annual American Cancer Society (ACS) benefit and awareness-raising event the since late last year. This year’s Relay — which for the unfamiliar, is not a sporting event — is taking place Saturday, June 13, at Newtown High School’s Blue & Gold Stadium. After a decade of success hosting overnight Relays which have raised more than $2.5 million, local volunteers switched gears for 2015, taking advantage of the opportunity to host a more eclipsed event that will begin at 3 pm and end at midnight.

  • The Normal Biology Of Aging vs Dementia

    St Rose of Lima will host its next Outreach Ministry seminar on the normal aging process. “The Normal Biology of Aging vs Dementia” will be presented Tuesday, March 10, beginning at 6 pm. Dr Susan Varano will lead the discussion, which will educate attendees on the physical and cognitive signs of normal aging.

  • Vascular Diseases On Agenda For March 10 Lunch & Learn

    On Tuesday, March 10, Masonicare at Newtown will host a Lunch & Learn program on “Vascular Diseases.” Featured speaker is Dr Dennis Ng, who will review different types of vascular diseases including peripheral artery disease (PAD), venous, and lymphatic diseases.

  • Periodontal Disease Linked To Heart Disease

    Dr Bianca Flora, periodontist with Dental Associates, is joining with the dental community in encouraging people to be aware of the connection between heart health and periodontal disease. Since 2009, said Dr Flora, cardiologists and dental professionals have recognized the correlation between the two, and worked to educate the population. This year’s promotion from periodontists, “Love The Gums You’re With,” piggybacks on the “February is Heart Health Month” campaign, an effort by the American Heart Association, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Million Hearts. Periodontal disease is a disease of the gums created by the build up of bacteria in the mouth. That sets up an inflammatory response throughout the body, explained Dr Flora. According to information from www.perio.org, one out or two Americans has periodontal disease, two and a half times more than are diagnosed with diabetes.

  • Measles Spread Highlights Vaccine Exemptions; Veteran Physician Offers Historical Perspective

    As of Monday, February 9, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the number of measles cases in the nation is up to 121 so far this year. All but 18 of those recent cases are tied to an outbreak that started at the Disneyland amusement park in California. But here on the opposite coast, a veteran Newtown pediatrician and medical advisor and associate director of health for the Newtown Health District notes the relatively small number of measles cases has lifted the lid on a growing controversy about vaccine exemptions, especially those granted to students in local schools where the likelihood of rapid viral spread is heightened if even one child comes into the environment infected with an easily communicable illness.

  • Sunday, February 15 At Midnight Is The Deadline To Enroll With AccessHealthCT

    HARTFORD - Access Health CT (AHCT) Chief Marketing Officer Jason Madrak released the following statement reminding Connecticut residents about the deadline to enroll in health care coverage through the state’s Exchange: “There are two days left to enroll in quality, affordable health care coverage through Access Health CT. We’re encouraging all consumers to review their coverage options and contact us now if they have questions or need assistance enrolling." Residents can enroll online at www.accesshealthct.com, you can call 1‐855‐805-HEALTH (4325), visit one of our in-person enrollment centers in New Haven and New Britain, or download a mobile app.

  • RCN Offering New Session Of ‘Creative Insight’

    Upcoming programs at The Resiliency Center of Newtown (RCN) include a new session of “Creative Insight : Taking the Next Step,” an effective and inspirational life skills program which successfully helped families directly impacted by the events of 9/11 move forward with their lives. Through the sponsorship of Tuesday's Children, more than 400 family members have had the opportunity to experience the program. Offered by RCN in September, October and November 2014, a new session will begin Wednesday, March 4.